On Monday, thousands of Google employees joined protests against the immigration and travel ban that suspended the entry of individuals from several Muslim majority countries into the United States of America. During the rally, Brin, whose family was made up of refugees from the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics during the Cold War between what is now Russia and the U.S., spoke specifically about the new policy from U.S. President Donald Trump.
"So many people were obviously outraged by this order, as am I myself, being an immigrant and a refugee," said Brin in part. "I came here to the US at age 6 with my family from the Soviet Union which was at that time the greatest enemy the US had, maybe it still is. It was a dire period, the cold war, as some people remember it. It was under the threat of nuclear annihilation. And even then the US had the courage to take me and my family in as refugees. And I'd say the risks at the time, letting in these foreigners from a land that might spy on you, learn the nuclear secrets on the back...and there were many cases of espionage, those risks were far greater than the terrorism we face today. And nevertheless, this country was brave and welcoming and I wouldn't be where I am today or have any kind of the life that I have today if this was not a brave country that really stood out and spoke for liberty."